Stacey Cumberbatch is the grand-daughter of Caribbean immigrants to America who recently was appointed to a top job by Bill de Blasio, New York's new mayor. Benedict Cumberbatch is the dashing British actor who stars as Sherlock Holmes in the hit television series on both sides of the Atlantic and plays a plantation owner in the Oscar-nominated 12 Years A Slave. The two share more than a name. Stacey Cumberbatch believes that the star's fifth great-grandfather owned her ancestors on an 18th century sugar plantation on Barbados.
The Telegraph has published a story by Philip Sherwell at http://goo.gl/yn6VXI that gives the details. Be aware, however, that the article admits "there are no paper records to establish the link." The story apparently is based upon family oral history and the fact that the surname of Cumberbatch is common among families from the Caribbean. Tradition states that today's black families named Cumberbatch are descendants of slaves once owned by plantation owner Abraham Cumberbatch.